Sprayground Teams Up With Grammy-Winning DJ Afrojack For Launch of New Backpack Designed for Touring Musicians

Sprayground Teams Up With Grammy-Winning DJ Afrojack For Launch of New Backpack Designed for Touring Musicians

Global backpack and accessories brand, Sprayground, has announced its latest collaboration with Grammy-winning Dutch DJ and music executive Afrojack, to develop a music and fashion inspired lifestyle bag with practical functionality called “Afroshark.” 

Afrojack and Sprayground founder David Ben David decided to collaborate on a fully functional and fashionable backpack designed for DJs on tour. This is the first time that Sprayground has worked with a musician in the popular electronic dance music scene and specifically with Afrojack, and together have designed and developed the brand’s most versatile bag to date.

Sprayground dialed into functionality for this partnership, making it ideal for the fashion-forward, particularly with multiple carrying options and a padded laptop compartment that can accommodate a 17-inch laptop. The backpack has as a sleek, chic, all-white design made with vegan leather, flaunting the infamous “shark mouth” logo in a classy bold red and black colorway. This winning design has designated partitions for USB sticks, wires and cables, microphones, compact cameras, external hard drives and other accessories securely stored in zipped compartments. The bag is now available online via sprayground.com for RRP: $99.

“As a DJ on the road, it’s hard to find a fashionable and functional backpack for a touring artist who can hold all the necessary items needed all in one place,” Afrojack said. “I’ve been wanting to work with a brand like Sprayground who continues to make dope designs and versatile products and I’m excited to get this backpack out for the fans!”

Afrojack is currently on tour this summer and set to perform in NYC on August 30th at the Electric Zoo music festival. Both creatives have a large following and a substantial online presence, and through this project have forged a lucrative partnership.

To get updates, please follow Sprayground and Afrojack on social media, handles below.

@sprayground @afrojack

RAISING THE BAR AS A TRIPLE THREAT

RAISING THE BAR AS A TRIPLE THREAT

MEET WRITER, PRODUCER AND ACTOR, KATHLEEN ROBERTSON

As an actor, Kathleen Robertson is set to star in Netflix’s anticipated family drama NORTHERN RESCUE which is set to premiere March 1st. Robertson recently starred opposite Taye Diggs on Steven Bochco’s critically acclaimed TNT character-based crime drama MURDER IN THE FIRST for three seasons. She simultaneously had a pivotal, recurring role opposite Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore on A & E’s acclaimed Emmy-nominated BATES MOTEL as a free-spirited, hippy drug lord. She also garnered much attention for her starring role on the Gus Van Sant, Golden Globe-winning political drama, BOSS as the brilliant, broken and duplicitous Kitty O’Neill, Mayor Tom Kane’s (Kelsey Grammer) press aide. Prior to this succession of shows, she starred on IFC’s Award-winning mockumentary style improvisational comedy series THE BUSINESS, for which she also served as Executive Producer.

As a writer and producer, Robertson is building an impressive slate of both television and feature film projects; inclusive of a first-look pact with UCP. On the feature side, she is currently adapting THE POSSIBILITIES for Fox Searchlight and Academy Award nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman who is attached to direct. In addition, she is adapting LITTLE BEE for Amazon Studios and Academy Award winning actress Julia Roberts attached to star. Robertson was also recently brought on to adapt the comic book series LADY KILLER for Dark Horse and Michelle Mac Laren(Westworld/Game of Thrones) directing.

On the television side, in a highly competitive situation, Robertson recently signed an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to both create and produce original content. She also sold YOUR TIME IS UP to Lifetime with Academy Award winning producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi/the Blind Side) producing and Christina Applegate set to star. In addition to this she also sold an adaptation of SWIMMING WITH SHARKS to USA Network, SHOOTING STARS to E! and HOLLYWOOD BABYLON to Warner Brothers with John Wells set to direct and exec produce alongside Robertson.

As an actor, Robertson also starred in psychological thriller THE VATICAN TAPES as a psychologist with a secret past alongside Michael Pena for Lionsgate/Lakeshore. She has appeared in such varied films as Focus Features’ HOLLYWOODLAND alongside Academy Award-winners Ben Affleck and Adrien Brody for director Allen Coulter; IFC Films’ sexual drama XX/XY opposite Mark Ruffalo, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival;  New Line’s I AM SAM in a key role alongside Sean Penn; the Sally Field directed comedy-drama BEAUTIFUL with Minnie Driver; John McNaughton’s comedy SPEAKING OF SEX opposite Bill Murray; and a starring role in the sequel to Dimension Films’ blockbuster, SCARY MOVIE, for director Keenan Ivory Wayans.

Other notable television credits include a starring role alongside Zooey Deschanel in SyFy’s TIN MAN, a re-imagining of THE WIZARD OF OZ, which received multiple Emmy nominations and garnered the highest ratings in the network’s history, as well as a starring role in the Weinstein Co.’s SEAL TEAM SIX from the producers of THE HURT LOCKER.

A five-time Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Actress; Robertson’s first nomination came for her starring role in TORSO, playing notorious Canadian murderer Evelyn Dick in the grizzly 1946 true story.  Next came her nomination as a struggling single mom who undergoes a “falling down” style mental and physical breakdown in LAST EXIT; and most recently for her portrayal of ‘Colleen Howe’, controversial wife to hockey legend Gordie Howe and the first female agent in sports history in MR. HOCKEY.  Robertson also received a Leo Award for that performance.

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Robertson currently resides in Los Angeles.

RAINE: From an early age your love for art flourished allowing you to entertain the idea of making a living being creative. Can you describe your experiences and how they helped fine-tune your craft?

KATHLEEN: A vivid memory as a kid was when my dad took me to the Art Gallery of Hamilton. I was probably around eight or nine at the time. I grew up in a steel town an hour outside of Toronto. Nobody in my family was in the entertainment business. There was a Paul Knee Exhibit and I remember being oddly moved. It sort of crept up on me and I was curious. It was the first time I remember being awake to that kind of feeling.

RAINE: If someone asked you how could they stimulate their creativity, what advice would you give?

KATHLEEN: I think we all know what we are instinctively drawn to. Listen and trust the things that pull you in creatively; whether it’s a specific photograph or a song or a book. Allow yourself time to find and cultivate the things that inspire you.

RAINE: What wellness tips do you swear by?

KATHLEEN: Cliché but tons of water, tons of walking, and tons of time in nature with people I love.

RAINE: What do you want to be when you grow up?  Has this stayed the same or changed throughout the years?

KATHLEEN: Well, I grew up wanting to be just an actor and now I’m an actor, a writer and a producer – so it’s changed and grown a bit from when I was a kid.

RAINE: Word to the wise: What advice would you lend to a budding talent on the rise in your chosen field? 

KATHLEEN: For writers, I always say it’s very simple – just write, a lot. Most of it will be bad, some will be mediocre, but all of a sudden something may be good and that growth is fun to experience.

RAINE: How have you overcome the setbacks, let downs and obstacles of your career?

KATHLEEN: Keep your blinders on and keep digging ditches. Acting and writing are both not for the faint hearted. It’s a ton of rejection and people telling you you aren’t good enough. You really have to love it and desperately want to do it, or it’s just not worth it. But work ethic is number one.

RAINE: We love transformation. If you experienced a personal or professional evolution, what was the inspiration behind it how have people reacted?

KATHLEEN: When I first decided I wanted to write professionally, people thought I was crazy. I was on a successful TV show (“Boss” with Kelsey Grammer) and the idea of an actress wanting to be taken seriously as a writer felt foreign five years ago. I’m glad I didn’t listen to all the noise and just went for it. Being a writer has changed everything for me.

RAINE: If there was one thing you could have changed during your journey as a creative entrepreneur, what would it be and why? 

KATHLEEN: I wish I had let people read my stuff earlier. I could have been doing all this for the last 20 years.

RAINE: What has been the most valuable tool in your arsenal of apps, gadgets or software?

KATHLEEN: I love the app Headspace for grounding, Voice Memo for notes and script ideas and Genius Scan is a lifesaver.

RAINE: How does being an independent brand or artist allow you to have more creative freedom?

KATHLEEN: Writing allows me to be creative on my terms unlike acting, I don’t have to wait for an incoming call to get hired to go act. I can wake up and sit at my laptop and make stuff – that feels really good.

RAINE: Do your fashion choices affect your success in meetings or pitches?

KATHLEEN: Well, I have to say after so many years being in front of cameras, I am not big on spending any time I don’t have to in hair/make-up and wardrobe. It’s literally my least favorite part of my job! So, my joke/goal with writing has always been; I just want to be in sweatpants and my glasses sitting at my laptop. That is success to me.

RAINE: What is your favorite city for work and play and why?

KATHLEEN: I love Toronto. It’s close to my hometown of Hamilton where all my family is. It has everything. If only it wasn’t so bloody cold.

THANK YOU KARL

THANK YOU KARL

A Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld

By Laura Sheehan

The 19th of February in 2019 will be a date the fashion world remembers forever as a fond farewell to one of the most memorable designers in history, Karl Lagerfeld. After missing two Chanel fashion shows earlier this year, speculation mounted around the visionary’s health and sadly, French media reports announced his death in February.

Paris Fashion Week came to an end in style with Karl Lagerfeld’s last ever Chanel collection showcased in the Grand Palais-turned-ski resort venue. Just weeks after his death shook the fashion world, supermodels, including Cara Delevinge and Kaia Gerber, took to the catwalk to pay homage to the iconic designer who led the fashion house as Creative Director for over three decades.

Born in 1938 in Hamburg, Germany as Karl Lagerfeldt (he later lost the ’t’ to make himself more commercial). Lagerfeld got his first taste of fashion when he attended a Dior show with his mother, who is said to have been a lingerie saleswoman. With the support of his parents, he moved to Paris at the age of 14 to pursue a career in fashion. When he was just 17-years-old, he won an award in the 1954 International Wool Secretariat competition for his coat design which was then produced by Pierre Balmain. This was the start of what would be a long, successful run in one of the world’s most competitive industries for Karl Lagerfeld.

A mere nine years later he took on the role of Creative Head at Chloé, a title that would place him in high regard in the style stakes. Over his two stints, he spent 25 years creating a signature Bohemian look for the fashion house. In 1997, he left the house when he was replaced by Stella McCartney.

Despite his success at Chloé it was his culminating roles at the head of two of the world’s most iconic brands – Chanel and Italian house, Fendi – that Karl Lagerfeld will be most remembered for. He created his first couture collection for Chanel in 1983 – over 10 years after the death of Coco Chanel.

“What I did Coco would have hated. The label has an image and it’s up to me to update it. I do what she never did. I had to find my mark. I had to go from what Chanel was to what it should be, could be, what it had been something else”, Karl once said of Coco Chanel.

 It took him just one collection before he brought his own influence to the Chanel house. And he must have been doing something right because he was only four years short of 40 years of leading Chanel to global success. He later came out with his namesake brand, Karl by Karl Lagerfeld, which made his designs more accessible to buyers as they don’t carry the same price tag as Chanel, Fendi or Chloé.

His time at Fendi saw him design their icon double-F logo that has become accustomed to the brand as it appears across their handbags, shoes and clothing today.

When he wasn’t designing collections, Karl was the one behind the camera. In fact, he photographed many of his own Chanel collections. His creativity didn’t stop there though, he even published a dieting book, explaining to readers, and fans alike, how he managed to lose 92 pounds in just 13 months. He cut out Coca Cola, cheese and chocolate cake so he “wear suits by Hedi Slimane”.

At the time of his death, Karl held the leading influential role of not one but three fashion power names – Chanel, Fendi and Karl by Karl Lagerfeld. Could you imagine anyone else being that successful? He took a failing Chanel and transformed it into one of the world’s greatest luxury brands and became one of the most recognizable faces in the industry along the way, with his all black look, high collar, fingerless gloves, snow-white ponytail and dark sunglasses – no one wouldn’t recognize the sir Karl Lagerfeld.

If there’s one of his pearls of wisdom that we should take with us, let it be this: “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” Sleep tight, Karl Lagerfeld. Fashion, as we know it, will never be the same.

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